Radioactivity: Introduction and History

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Radioactivity: Introduction and History provides an introduction to radioactivity from natural and artificial sources on earth and radiation of cosmic origins. This book answers many questions for the student, teacher, and practitioner as to the origins, properties, detection and measurement, and applications of radioactivity. Written at a level that most students and teachers can appreciate, it includes many calculations that students and teachers may use in class work. Radioactivity: Introduction and History also serves as a refresher for experienced practitioners who use radioactive sources in his or her field of work. Also included are historical accounts of the lives and major achievements of many famous pioneers and Nobel Laureates who have contributed to our knowledge of the science of radioactivity.

• Provides entry-level overview of every form of radioactivity including natural and artificial sources, and radiation of cosmic origin.
• Includes many solved problems to practical questions concerning nuclear radiation and its interaction with matter
• Historical accounts of the major achievements of pioneers and Nobel Laureates, who have contributed to our current knowledge of radioactivity

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Editorial Reviews

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CHOICE Magazine, July 2008: "This work provides an overview of the many interesting aspects of the science of radioactive decays, including in-depth chapters that offer reminiscences on the history and important personalities of the field ... The book can be useful as supplemental reading or as a reference when developing course material for nuclear physics, nuclear engineering, or health physics lectures. Special attention has been given to a chapter on the role radioactivity plays in everyday life applications...Generally the book is well produced and will be a valuable resource for the history of radioactivity. Many lectures can be lightened up by including material from this work. Summing up: RECOMMENDED. Upper-division undergraduates through professionals; technical program students." —U. Greife, Colorado School of Mines, USA

"I found the biographical accounts of the various stalwarts of Physics inspirational. Most of them, if not all, had to overcome economic hardships or personal tragedies or had to do their ground breaking work in the face of tyranny and war. The biographies also highlighted the high standards of moral convictions that the scientists had as they realized the grave implications of some of their work and the potential threat to humanity. This ought to inspire and motivate young men and women aspiring to be Physicists. Even people who have been in the field for a while should find your book re-energizing. It certainly had that effect on me." —Dr. Ramkumar Venkataraman, Canberra Industries, Inc., Meriden, CT, USA.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780444527158
  • Publisher: Elsevier Science
  • Publication date: 9/6/2007
  • Pages: 632
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael F. L’Annunziata appears in the annual editions of Who’s Who in the World from 1987 to 2012, Who’s Who in America from 2000 to 2012, and Who’s Who in Science and Engineering in 2000 to 2001. He received a doctorate degree from the University of Arizona, Tucson in 1970; and an Honorary Teaching Degree from the Central University of Ecuador in 1978. L’Annunziata was a member of the Board of Governors at Uppsala University, International Science Programs between 1988 and 1991. He was Head of Fellowships and Training at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna, Austria from 1987 to 1991 and has served as IAEA Expert to over 50 countries of the world. Michael F. L’Annunziata was also Honorary Professor at Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, People’s Republic of China in 1992. He has authored several books among which his most recent book “Radioactivity: Introduction and History” (ISBN: 978-0-444-52715-8) published by Elsevier in 2007 was on the Library Journal’s Academic Best Sellers List in Physics.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Alpha Radiation
I. Introduction
II. Decay Energies
III. Alpha Particle Interactions with Matter
IV. Alpha Particle Ranges
Chapter 2. Beta Radiation
I. Introduction
II. Negatrons
III. Positrons
IV. Beta-particle Absorption and Transmission
V. Stopping Power and Linear Energy Transfer
Chapter 3. Gamma- and X-Radiation – Photons
I. Introduction
II. Dual Nature: Wave and Particle
III. Gamma Radiation
IV. Annihilation Radiation
V. Cherenkov Radiation
VI. X-Radiation
VII. Bremsstrahlung
VIII. Interactions of Electromagnetic Radiation with Matter
Chapter 4. Neutron Radiation
I. Introduction
II. Neutron Classification
III. Sources of Neutrons
IV. Interactions of Neutrons with Matter
V. Neutron Attenuation and Cross Sections
VI. Neutron Decay
Chapter 5. Atomic Electron Radiation
I. Introduction
II. Internal Conversion Electrons
III. Auger Electrons
Chapter 6. Cosmic Radiation
I. Introduction
II. Classification and Properties
III. Showers of the Cosmic Radiation
IV. Cosmic Rays Underground
V. Origins of Cosmic Radiation
VI. Cosmic Background Radiation
VII. Dose from Cosmic Radiation and other Sources
Chapter 7. Cherenkov Radiation
I. Introduction
II. Theory and Properties
III. Cherenkov Photons from Gamma-ray Interactions
IV. Particle Identification
V. Applications in Radionuclide Analysis
Chapter 8. Radioisotope Decay, Radioactivity Units and Radionuclide Mass
I. Introduction
II. Half-life
III. General Decay Equations
IV. Secular Equilibrium
V. Transient Equilibrium
VI. No Equilibrium
VII. More Complex Decay Schemes
VIII. Radioactivity Units and Radionuclide Mass

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